Nothing goes together quite like music and alcohol … except maybe music and marijuana.
From Willie Nelson to Snoop Dogg, Parliament to The Grateful Dead, the association between music and pot has been a constant that crosses genre and generation.
With the unofficial national holiday for cannabis falling on the weekend, pot parties are to be expected throughout the state, especially since Washington became one of the first states to legalize nonmedical marijuana use.
The counterculture code for pot smokers – 420 – is ritually recognized at 4:20 p.m. and on April 20.
Here’s the deal on a few local joints that will be burning with live music to celebrate sativa.
The 4/20 Pre Funk with Yukmouth, Unique, Skeptical, Lei Majors, DJ Gesus, DJ Wes One and No Nonsense
When, where: Tonight at 9 at The Red Room Lounge, 521 S. Sprague Ave.
One of the most memorable marijuana anthems created from 1990s hip-hop came in the form of a slick sample of Club Nouvou’s, “Why You Treat Me So Bad.”
Replacing the vocal hook with, “I Got 5 On It,” Bay Area rappers The Luniz cemented a new slang for social smoking.
One half of that duo, emcee Yukmouth, is headlining a show with an all-star lineup of local rappers and producers.
While the platinum-selling, Grammy nominated duo might be dismissed as a one-hit wonder, Yuk went on to release a solo gold-selling double album on Rap-a-Lot Records, along with a line of DVDs on his own Smoke-a-Lot Records.
Tickets: $10, through FTH Music and More (2415 N. Monroe St.) and The Red Room
Pre-Funk Burnin’ with MESCA, BrianFunk, DiskJockeyFelon, and Doctor Ugz, hosted by MC Sake One
When, where : Today at 8 p.m. at Swaxx, 25 E. Lincoln Road
Purveyors of deep, raspy bass-hop, Portland’s MESCA interweaves experimental electronic music with analog and digital wizardry. It’s just right for a stoner dance trance.
They’ll be joined by HeadyWorks resident DJ BrainFunk, Moscow, Idaho, electronic dance physician Doctor Ugz, and Los Angeles dubstepper DickJockeyFelon.
Cost: Free, 18 and older only, full bar with ID
Fifth Annual 420 Show with Jaeda, Mike Marshall, L’Roneous, Otayo Dubb, Z-Man, Equipto, Taj He Spitz, Azon, Crave, DJ Element, Blessed Coast Sound, Mike Meezy, Imperfect Cody, Selecta/DJ Element and Adreilien
When, where: Saturday at German American Society, 25 W. Third Ave.
With a sprawling roster of performers, and substantial representation from California, this 420 show is bound to be an epic high.
Along with local firestarters like Jaeda with a live band anchoring the bill, out-of-towner highlights include San Fancisco’s glitch-bass beatmaker, Andrelien; Bellingham remix specialists Bless Coast Sound; and Selecta/DJ Element of the Zions Gate collective.
Boasting a wide array of subgenres, including dubstep, trap, dub, hipstep, reggae, dancehall, Top 40, hyphy, glitch and spun step, this green party takes place in two rooms at The German House. Most of the California acts will be staged in one room, while a more regionally diverse lineup resides in the other.
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, through all Puffin Glass locations
Thrift Shop 4.20 Party with DJ ZLuck
When, where: Saturday at 9 p.m. at MarQuee Lounge, 522 W. Riverside Ave.
MarQuee Lounge is throwing a differently themed 420 party with a Thrift Shop aesthetic and a $300 cash prize for the best group of three or more in “thrift shop” attire. Three DJs hold down the night, featuring DJ ZLuck.
Cost: No cover announced
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